Kwara State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology - Aliyu Mohammed Lade, Engineer Demola Banu and Dr Muideen Akorede.
Kwara State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology - Aliyu Mohammed Lade, Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development - Engineer Demola Banu and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media - Dr Muideen Akorede.
The Kwara State Executive Council has approved the establishment of a Public-Private-Partnership Office (PPP) as part of efforts to encourage investors, boost internally generated revenue and promote job creation in the State.
The Executive Council also directed the three Colleges of Education in the State to stop further recruitment of staff and further procurement of loans without recourse to the state government and their various councils.
The Commissioner of Finance - Engineer Nurudeen Ademola Banu and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications - Dr Muideen Akorede in a post-Council press briefing said the Council also approved recommendations that the Colleges of Education in Ilorin, Oro and Lafiagi should restrict themselves to only courses approved for the institutions, settle all outstanding indebtedness before the end of the year and streamline their accounts to only two banks instead of the current multiplicity of bank accounts.
Dr. Akorede explained that the framework of the Office of the Public Private Partnership was the engagement of the private sector investors in key sectors of the State economy, particularly human capital development, economic development and infrastructure. The Executive Council, according to Akorede, was of the view that "those States that would survive are those that would identify creative measures for generating additional revenue outside the dwindling Federation Account allocations".
He added that the idea was to put private sector funds in the implementation of social and social economic projects in the three sectors.
Akorede further explained that Council resolved that the PPP office which would be composed entirely of technocrats and professionals recruited from the private sector, would act as a one-stop shop for the State government’s engagements with the private sector.